Flag Day

June 14th, 2018 marks the 241st anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States.

On this day in 1777, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

The national flag, which became known as the “stars and stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes.

Grand Union Flag (used during Revolutionary war)
Original Stars and Stripes – US flag as adopted by Resolution of 1777
The Flag of the United States